Privacy and the SAIL Digital Platform

SAIL values the privacy of every website and mobile app user. Through privacy settings, SAIL users control who sees their data and what data is made public to other users.

Data Use

SAIL values data transparency, privacy, and handling data in an ethical manner. Users allow the SAIL digital tools to capture and share data on their experiences in order to dynamically visualize their growth and experiences to them, connect with others, and customize recommendations made to them. SAIL administrators will only provide access to SAIL data in the aggregate, and will only release it to others for the purpose of enhancing the educational experience at Northeastern.  The university will not collect or use SAIL data for purposes of faculty tenure and/or faculty/staff promotion related purposes. To learn more, check out SAIL’s digital platform privacy policies below.

SAIL Privacy Policies

SAIL’s digital toolset is designed for educational purposes only and to support your academic, personal, and professional growth. The following use agreements apply to your access and use of SAIL:

SAIL Privacy Policy – Students

The Self-Authored Integrated Learning platform and related apps (collectively, “SAIL”) are tools intended purely for your educational benefit, to assist in your academic, professional, and personal growth, and noting of opportunities that you believe were meaningful and contributed significantly to your learning. The accuracy, value, and usefulness of SAIL depend on the information you provide. Therefore, the university does not make any representation or warranty related to SAIL or its contents, and does not verify, certify or award credit or credentials based on information contained within SAIL. The university does not monitor or access content provided to SAIL except as described below. I understand that I should not use SAIL to disclose or report concerns to, or otherwise communicate with, the university or university personnel. If I wish to report a concern of any nature to the university, I will not attempt to use SAIL to do so, and I acknowledge that the University does not offer SAIL for that purpose.

I understand that my use of SAIL is subject to Northeastern University’s Policy on Appropriate Use of Computer and Network Resources. Any violation of this policy may result in termination of my access to SAIL and other disciplinary action at the discretion of the university.

I understand that by using SAIL, certain data that I provide or that is created as the result of my use may be used by the university for its mission-related purposes, including but not limited to enhancing the university’s educational offerings. I understand and acknowledge that the university will have access to SAIL metadata (such as participation counts), and individual data provided to SAIL, but that such information will only be used, analyzed and reported in the aggregate to protect confidentiality.  SAIL and my use of SAIL are subject to Northeastern University’s Online Privacy Statement.

I understand that I may elect to share with others certain information that I provide to SAIL. Whether or not such information is shared is my choice, and I may change my choices at any time. I acknowledge, however, that altering my choice to share information may not retract information I have chosen to share with others in the past.

I understand that SAIL allows me to note impactful learning experiences (Moments). Moments are purely for my benefit to record impactful learning experiences for me to look back on now and in the future.  I understand that unless I choose to share, no SAIL user will be able to view Moments that I enter. SAIL system administrators reserve the right to access, alter, and/or delete Moments for the purposes of compliance with university policies.

I understand that no SAIL user will be able to view or otherwise know if I complete a self-assessment (Calibration). Calibrations are intended for me to self-evaluate and better understand the skills I anticipate acquiring by participating in the educational activities that are hosted in SAIL.

SAIL’s “network” feature will allow me to identify myself as someone who is willing to be contacted by another user by email. I understand that if I choose to participate in the “network,” my 360 visualization and email address, academic major, and profile photo will be available to other users who also elect to participate in the “network” feature.

I understand that if I have any questions regarding this app, its functionality and/or its privacy, or if I wish to report misuse, I may do so by contacting the SAIL team at sail@northeastern.edu, or the Office of Information Security at privacy@northeastern.edu.

SAIL Privacy Policy – Faculty/Staff

The Self-Authored Integrated Learning platform and related apps (collectively, “SAIL”) are tools intended purely for educational benefits of learners and educators. The accuracy, value, and usefulness of SAIL content depends on the information that you provide. Therefore, the university does not make any representation or warranty related to SAIL or its contents, and does not verify, certify, or award credit or credentials based on information contained within SAIL.

The university does not monitor or access content provided to SAIL except as described below. I understand that I should not use SAIL to disclose or report concerns to, or otherwise communicate with, the university or university personnel. If I wish to report a concern of any nature to the university, I will not attempt to use SAIL to do so, and I acknowledge that the university does not offer SAIL for that purpose.

I understand that my use of SAIL is subject to Northeastern University’s Policy on Appropriate Use of Computer and Network Resources. Any violation of this policy may result in termination of my access to SAIL and other disciplinary action at the discretion of the university.

I understand that by using SAIL, certain data that I provide or that is created as the result of my use may be used by the university for its mission-related purposes, including but not limited to enhancing the university’s educational offerings.

I understand and acknowledge that the university will have access to SAIL metadata (such as participation counts), and individual data provided to SAIL, but that such information will only be used, analyzed, and reported in the aggregate to protect confidentiality. The university will not collect or use SAIL data for purposes of faculty tenure and/or promotion. SAIL and my use of SAIL are subject to Northeastern University’s Online Privacy Statement.

I understand that learning opportunities that I enter and publish in SAIL will be visible to users of SAIL. I may edit and/or delete only those learning opportunities that I entered, or those for which I am responsible, or on which I am designated as a collaborator.

I understand that SAIL users may contact me by email to learn more about an opportunity that I entered into the system. I understand that if I have any questions regarding this app, its functionality and/or its privacy, or if I wish to report misuse, I may do so by contacting the SAIL team at sail@northeastern.edu or the Office of Information Security at privacy@northeastern.edu.

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